Any one know why my jeep wont run? -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Butler PA
Posts: 26
1995 XJ Died And Wont stay Runnin

So i was driving my 1995 XJ in the quite crappy weather yesterday down the highway 55 going slow because of the bad weather. Then i noticed this gut wrenching smell what seems like it was coming from my engine bay? i smelled it worse when the heat was on after i smell that Im driving along at 55 and the thing just straight up dies hit the key nothin wouldent stay runnin. So with my better judgement i sadly saw my jeep getting towed for the first time. I got it home and tryed to start it. It will fire and seem like it wants to run but it shuts back down every time it gets up to about a grand almost like its not getting gas? So i hit the key again and put it to the floor revved up real high then it shut down? Now i was thinkin ya know mabey a fuel pump?? BUT this is where im confused i cant hear the fuel pump kick on and when i turn my accesories on, my radio,windshield wipers everything except my domelight WONT work the tac works i know that from when i put it to the floor. So im thinkin like did i fry the computer or what? please if anyone has any knowledge of How mabey why this happened and how i could fix it i would much appriciate it. I hate lookin outside and seeing a busted jeep.


Last edited by TheAlk3mist; 01-21-2011 at 12:54 PM.
TheAlk3mist is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 01:33 PM
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Aberdeen
Posts: 2,832
It definitely sounds like an electrical issue. I'm not sure about the smell though can you describe it better?

You may indeed have fried your PCM (although i've never really heard of this happening). Take a look under the hood for anything that looks melted - primarily the power distribution center on the passenger side, and the PCM attached to the driver's side fender.

1995 XJ Cherokee Sport
4.5" Homebrew Lift, 4.0L HO I-6, AX-15, NP231, D30(Open)/C8.25(Locked)
33x12.5 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires, 309,000 mi and runnin' strong

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dukie564 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 05:04 PM
Registered User
1997 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Clayton
Posts: 299
Another guess would be a burnt up lead to/from the battery/alternator maybe? never know when something will wear the insulation off and ground something out.. and that smell is horrible.

1997 Cherokee Sport, Rustys Intake with velocity stack and larger cone filter, Flowmaster 40 series, Junkyard Lift 3.5", Zone Nitro Shocks, Trimed fenders, 35x14.5x15 TSL Thornbirds (Looks HUGE) ... trail damage :) Future holds Aftermarket bumpers front and rear, exo cage, lockers/gears
4ll4boutda4play is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 05:53 PM
It's the crank sensor!
tjwalker's Avatar
1999 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Minnesota
Posts: 8,858
Good advice above.

The smell and the fact that your Jeep died is most likely not coincidental.

Find what burned up and you likely have the root cause of why the vehicle won't run.

99 Cherokee, 4.0 AW4, NP242
Past Jeeps: 49 Willys, 81 Scrambler, 88 Comanche
Without "data", all you have is an opinion!
tjwalker is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 01-21-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
1995 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Butler PA
Posts: 26
hahaha belive it or not it was an ignition switch original from 95 i traced the problem it would run if i held it between acessories and start and me and my buddie rooted out it was the switch and what do ya know! completely burn like all hell and rooted out it was just from age! she still runs like a beast as for the horrible smell NO one and i mean no one wants to smell what hardened plastic burns like I'd give that old ignition some credit lasted 15 years cant ask for more than that thanks all for the advice!

TheAlk3mist is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
jeep wont start right. girlinajeep XJ Cherokee Technical Forum 5 11-12-2009 07:36 PM
need help, jeep wont run! ajstarr2288 XJ Cherokee Technical Forum 1 02-07-2009 07:15 PM
Jeep Wont Run Saint18z XJ Cherokee Technical Forum 9 03-23-2007 07:57 PM
Jeep wont go into 4x4 jeepzter XJ Cherokee Technical Forum 8 11-17-2006 09:01 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome